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English Literature A Level at Highfields School

Course description

This subject and specification is a relevant and engaging one that approaches the study of liteature through histoicism. It encourages independent study and you will study a wide range of texts in a shared context. You will study petry, prose and drama.

The ENglish A Level staff are a very experienced, knowledgable and successful team. We are all committed to supporting our students through a very challenging and enjoyable courses. There are a diverse range of teaching styles that you will experience that will enrich your learning experience. The Learning Resource Centre has an excellent stock of wider reading texts and kindles are also available.

Course content

The course encourages independent study and wider reading will be a significant part of your studies. You will be expected to read from diverse wider reading list in your own time and to make thorough and detailed notes on all of the texts you read. You will learn how to approach unseen extracts and poems as well as studying set texts for the exam. 

You will study a wide range of literature which includes a unit entitled ‘Love Through The Ages’ in which you will explore a Shakespeare play, a poetry anthology and a prose text, one of which will be pre-1900. The second component is ‘Textsin Shared Contexts’ which is currently ‘World WarOne and its Aftermath’ – you study all three genres in this unit. Finally, the third component is called‘Texts Across Time’ in which you study two independently chosen texts of any genre; one ofthese must be pre-1900.

Entry requirements

In order to study this course you require a minimum of 5A*-­‐C GCSEgrades; this should include a minimum of a B grade in English.


You are assessed predominantly by exam - you will sit two exams - both open book and each worth 40% of your A Level. In addition you will complete a non-exam assessment which is an 'Independent Critical Study' where you must write a comparative essay about two texts. This is teacher assessed and is worth 20% of you A Level. The exams come at the end of the second year.

Future opportunities

English Literatur is one of the most challengin A Levels you can do and subsequently is highly valued by universities. A degree in English can lead to a wide range of career opportunities including teaching and careers in media. The skills that you develop studying English are transferable and will benefit you in whichever career path you choose to take.

Further information

The ENglish A Level team are awell-established and consistently deliver 100% pass rates.

Combines well with History, Sociology, Philosophy and Ethics or Film Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highfields School directly.

Last updated date: 23 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years